STILLWATER — In order to win the Class 2A state football championship, illuminating the scoreboard is a prerequisite.
Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, the Oklahoma Christian School Saints kept their high-scoring machine intact and outlasted traditional powerhouse Davis 44-41 to tote home the school’s first-ever 11-man gold ball.
“They did it as a team,” OCS head coach Derek Turner said, overflowing with pride in his troops following the mammoth victory. “They were selfless. They didn’t worry about stats. They didn’t worry about themselves. We’re very, very proud of them.”
Oklahoma Christian quarterback Austin Brooks tossed five touchdown passes and hit on 19-of-34 for 387 yards.
But, without time to throw against the hungry Wolves, Brooks himself admits it would all be for naught without the five front men on his offensive line.
“I’m so confident back there,” the gunslinger stated. “I owe so much to them.”
The O-line consists of 6-6, 285-pound senior left tackle Jason Goff, left guard Asher Martel, senior center Christian Sigler, senior right guard Cole Hatchel and senior right tackle Christian Aduddell.
In celebration of the win, Turner looked over at Goff and yelled: “Jason Goff, you’re a man!” speaking of how the Saints ran to his side over and over as well as looking to Goff to provide prime pass protection.
“We ran a lot to that side and he just locked it down. He is a beast.”
After Nathan Blakely kicked a 20-yard field goal for a 37-27 cushion heading into the fourth quarter, lead OCS running back Luke Frankfurt was carted off the field after rushing for 72 yards on 19 carries including a 1-yard TD run.
The state championship-clinching touchdown came with 5:22 left in regulation when Brooks threw up a floater in the right side of the end zone on a fourth-and-5 situation to Will McKinnis.
Davis struck back to get within 44-41 and took one last heave down the field with five ticks left on and the clock, and fittingly, star wide receiver/defensive back Blake Barnes intercepted the pass to end the game at the Oklahoma Christian 42-yard line. On offense, Barnes caught a pair of TDs and ended the contest with 89 yards receiving on five catches.
The Wolves’ game plan was to take out Barnes, therefore leaving single coverage on Connor Sikes, who destroyed the Davis secondary with 214 yards receiving on 7 receptions and a pair of scores, traveling 63 and 25 yards respectively. Brooks’ remaining TD throw went five yards to Will McKinnis
Frankfurt also hauled in three catches for 28 yards and in relief of Frankfurt, Cameron James caught a pass for 31 yards and rushed 10 times for 76 yards, all in the latter half.
On defense, Oklahoma Christian’s Evan Lashar hit quarterback Alec Hetherington’s arm to cause an incomplete pass and teammate linebacker Braden Werner forced a fumble at the goal line which was recovered by Garrett Kilborn.
Davis scored twice on defense, once on an interception return and the other on a fumble return.